"She (Dorothy Dandridge) had the most beautiful face and the perfect body, and her smile and eyes were totally mesmerizing."-Diahann Carroll
People tend to say the same two things about Dorothy Dandridge (“She was so beautiful!” “Her life was so tragic!”) Well, she was definitely beautiful (by most counts on the inside and out) and she did endure tough challenges in her life, but she was also a relentless hard worker. When she was not rehearsing for one of her nightclub performances, she was studying acting and dance and constantly working to create more opportunities for herself in Hollywood. At one point in the 1950s, she teamed up with Nat “King” Cole to pitch a television series where they would play a married couple (“small time” entertainers trying to catch a break in show business). It is our loss that they were turned down all over town (can you imagine watching clips of that today?!) In this photo, Ms. Dandridge is rehearsing with the great composer, arranger and vocal coach Phil Moore in March 1951. Mr. Moore also coached, arranged and/or wrote songs for Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Lena Horne, Judy Garland, Pearl Bailey, Ava Gardner, Diahann Carroll, Johnny Mathis and The Supremes.
Dorothy Dandridge w/ Stuart Whitman in a publicity photo still for the 1958 film The Decks Ran Red.
"In the 1950’s, Dorothy Dandridge was one performer who paved the way for subsequent generations of black actresses."-Mia Mask photo via www.notrecinema.com
I recently added Dorothy Dandridge’s Paris Match magazine from April 1955 to my collection! I’ve always loved this picture of her it’s so stunning.💛❤️
"In our few scenes together in Bright Road, that hint of unconsummated desire is all too real, made more so by Dorothy’s powerful screen presence. Here was a stunningly gorgeous black woman appearing before the camera not as a maid or a slave but as a teacher! Most of America had never seen a black woman, aside from Lena Horne, look both so beautiful and so dignified."-Harry Belafonte
Dorothy once received a very insulting letter, that asked her, “Why do you always have to play a prostitute role, when you are supposed to be holding up Negro womanhood with dignity?” The letter writer didn’t realize that there was “a limit to the professional vehicles available to me.” Nor did the writer understand that “America was not geared to make me into a Liz Taylor, a Monroe, a [Ava] Gardner. My sex symbolism was as a wanton, a prostitute, not as woman seeking love and a husband, the same as other women.”-Dorothy Dandridge
"I’m an actress and I’ve always worked hard to become a competent one. I interpret a role to the best of my ability. I can do most anything. Why do I always have to be a passionate woman of easy virtue because I’m Negro? I’m not going to do anymore roles like that if I can help it."-Dorothy Dandridge
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Watch as Dorothy becomes the first African American actress to present an award at the Oscars, for Film Editing. Enjoy this beautiful and historic moment.
“Dorothy Dandridge at the Academy Awards”
On March 30, 1955 Dorothy arrived with her sister Vivian at the Century Theater in New York City for a night of historic firsts, she was the first African American actress to be nominated in the Best Actress category and the first to African American actress to present an award at the Oscars. We celebrate her marvelous accomplishments this Oscar Sunday.